ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is out.

Dotson had a meeting with new Mayor Lyda Krewson and others Wednesday morning — they came to a mutual decision for Dotson to retire.

“The chief and I had a chance to talk about the future of the Department, and he made the decision to retire,” Krewson said in a statement. “I am grateful to Chief Dotson for his service and commitment to the people of the City of St. Louis.”

Dotson has led the department since late 2012. Deputy Chief Lawrence O’Toole will take over while the city searches for a replacement. Dotson will stay with the department for one year as a consultant.

“As I transition to my new role, I have the utmost respect for all of those who wear the badge and the uniform,” Dotson said in a statement. “It was my honor and pleasure to have led the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for over four years and to have worn the uniform for 22 years.”

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